Monday, March 15, 2010

Gunpowder Green

Author: Laura Childs
Title: Gunpowder Green1
Series: A Tea Shop Mystery (book 2)
Publication Date: 2002
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Mystery
Synopsis: "Charleston's annual Isle of Palms Yacht Race is the perfect occasion for boiled crab, iced tea, and social téte-a-tétes. From their vantage point in White Pine Garden at the top of the Historic Peninsula, Theodosia Browning and her fellow picnickers watch sleek J-24s hurtle towards the finish line, masts straining, spinnakers billowing. But the dramatic battle between Charleston's two rival yacht clubs turns tragic. The ancient Civil War pistol used for the traditional finishing line gunshot suddenly explodes, killing the patriarch from one of Charleston's oldest families. As her neighbors go into mourning, Theodosia begins to unravel a family secret that stretches back over a hundred years, making her wonder: Was this truly an accident--or murder?"

Gunpowder Green is the second book in Laura Child's series called A Tea Shop Mystery.

Even though Gunpowder Green was good and a thoroughly enjoyable read, it definitely wasn't on the same par as an Agatha Christie mystery.
The characters and story were both interesting and the book was well written, but it was extremely easy to unravel the plot.
One of my favorite things about this book would have to be how well the author describes South Carolina, which is where the book is set; I feel that she did a fantastic job at pulling you into the setting of the book.
My favorite part of Gunpowder Green would have to be when Theo's friend (I'm horrible at remembering names) is sneaking around suspects’ yards and taking samples of their soil. Even though that part isn't really mentioned it just sounds really funny.
The only thing I didn't really like about Gunpowder Green would have to be that in the end there were entirely too many revealed bad guys.
Gunpowder Green was delightfully light mystery read that’s hard to put down.

Gunpowder Green earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.
1. Gunpowder Green was borrowed from the library.

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